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The Best Cross-Training Exercises for Runners
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The Best Cross-Training Exercises for Runners

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The Many Benefits of Cross-Training

 

    All serious runners know the importance of training your entire body, and not just the legs. Having an overall healthy balance can lead to a better and faster and more efficient runner.It can greatly reduce the  chance for injuries. Another reason to consider cross-training.

 

 

Swimming

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While some runners cringe at the mention of a pool, it is one of the best non-weight bearing cross-training activities for runners. It’ll get your heart rate up while offering a total body workout.

 

Cycling

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Cycling, like running, is largely dependent on the major muscles in the legs. It’s also a great workout for the cardiovascular system, which will pay off when you’re pounding the pavement.

Strength Training

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Numerous studies link strength training to improved running performance. Whether you’re running 10 miles a week or 100, this should be a part of your weekly routine. Consider doing planks, lateral step ups, push ups, and lateral lunges, because strengthen your core and upper body are just as important as strengthening your primary running muscles like your glutes and hamstrings.

Tips for Cross-Training

Come up with a plan and carve out special cross-training days in your weekly workout routine. By scheduling specific days, you’ll ensure that you don’t over- or under-train. When choosing a cross-training activity, pick an exercise that in some way mimics running. That can mean picking an activity that uses the same muscles that are used in running or it can be an aerobic exercise that works the cardiovascular system in a similar way. Wear a heart rate monitor. Maybe you have a knack for keeping track of your effort on a trail or road. Tracking your body’s response to other activities may prove to be more of a challenge. A heart rate monitor will ensure that you stay at or above 70 percent of your maximum heart rate to get the most out of the workout.

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